Are you going to brine it? I highly recommend. We had a 21 lb bird for the two of us at T-giving last year and while it was an insane amount of turkey, the brining was the key for tastyness. I have the Cook's Illustrated recipe in case you want it...
Never you fear... the brining is already underway!
Mmmm... I'm getting full and sleepy just thinking about it.
Haley,I wish we could have you over....
PHEW! need your opinion denying access to someone -- head on over to MY blog, willye? In between brining, of course. :)
I can't wait to see this video!Holy cow, a 23 pound turkey. Well, I guess you know what you will be having for dinner this next week. Turkey soup is quite tasty. Turkey quesadillas, turkey tetrazzini, turkey pancakes...alright, just kidding on those ideas.
Julie,Of course I was hoping for a nice small 12 pound turkey... so it wouldn't be so freaking heavy and ungainly ... especially since I have to carve it on camera!If the video doesn't turn out God knows the bloopers will be a riot!turns out you can freeze turkey no prob.... so a big phew on that front!
Wow. I think though, that 23 lbs provides for plenty of room for error on carving. It might be for the best.I can send you my mailing address if you need to ship out some turkey
I didnt even realize that turkeys come any smaller than 20lbs blame it on being from a big family where we always made two or three twenty something turkeys.Good luck and Im sure everything will turn out great.
Here in the South we fry our turkey. Of course I only learned about that when I moved here 4 years ago and let me say I am a complete convert....so wrong and yet, so right!!!
I believe Mrs. Furious's Mom (my aunt) got a turkey fryer one Thanksgiving/Christmas. There was both fried and brined/roasted turkey that year!
I couldn't stand it anymore. Haley, this all your fault: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXfHyDCcTGQI'm thinking you should go with a live turkey!
I have to ask... WHAT did you brine it in? My biggest dilemma is always finding a large enough container to fit the bird that will also fit in my refrigerator.
Deb,I got a giant heavy duty ziploc type bag called a "Brining Bag" at BBB. It holds up to a 25 lb bird... but I'm saying you could definitely fit an even bigger bird in there. I put that on a rimmed baking sheet and put it in the fridge (praying it wasn't too heavy and would break my new shelves... it didn't).Elizabeth, you are right... mom borrows Marty's and we actually have a fried one every year in addition to a regualr turkey.Kiki,Yeah we've been frying them at my mom's for several years now too. I will say this turkey was just as moist!Nutmeg,I wish I could ship it... we've got plentyAndrea,now I didn't know that either until I started looking at recipes and every freaking recipe called for a 12-15 pound bird... which would have been both cheaper & a lot easier to handle.
So funny that you guys have been on the frying thing, my family had never heard of frying a turkey until we moved to the south.We do the same thing now, one roasted, one fried...yum!
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